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18 Mitch Moreland 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/6/1985 | Birthplace: Amory, MS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $502,700 | Owned/Started%: 25/12 | Average Draft Position: 257.64
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Mitch Moreland earns chance to start opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Rangers DH Mitch Moreland drew the start opening day against the Phillies despite a left-handed pitcher on the hill. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he still might use Michael Choice at DH against some lefties, but he wanted Moreland in the opening day lineup.

"[Moreland] did a good job against left-handers in spring training," Washington said, per MLB.com. "We're going to face left-handers in Tampa Bay, and you may not see him. But this is Opening Day. I feel he deserves it."

Moreland has a career .236 average against lefties. Though, he hit .416 (5 for 12) against lefties this spring.

"It's opening day," Moreland said. "I'm just happy to be out there and get the opportunity to play and help the team win."


Mitch Moreland goes 2 for 3 in return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Rangers outfielder Mitch Moreland returned to the field for the first time in a week Monday and went 2 for 3 with one walk and two RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the A's.

Moreland dealt with a strained oblique last week but should be good to go for the team's opener. He's 9 for 33 with eight walks this spring.


Mitch Moreland: I'll be ready for opening day


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland expressed certainty that he will be ready to roll for opening day despite a ribcage injury. He plans on taking batting practice Thursday and return to game action next week.

Moreland added that there was no doubt he will play the season opener against Philadelphia on March 31.


Mitch Moreland could begin season on disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland could open the season on the disabled list due to his strained left oblique muscle, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Moreland suffered the injury making a throw from left field Monday. The team hopes he can recover as fast as Alex Rios did when he missed eight days with an injury that was just as severe.


Mitch Moreland expected to miss a few days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Rangers DH Mitch Moreland sat out Tuesday's spring game due to tightness in his left oblique. Moreland is expected to sit out a few days after getting hurt Monday, per MLB.com.

Mitch Moreland exits game with oblique tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Rangers outfielder Mitch Moreland was removed from Monday night's game after two innings due to tightness in his right oblique, the team announced.

Moreland went 0 for 1 before being removed with the injury. He's 7 for 30 with six RBI and seven walks this spring.


Rangers manager projects 2014 lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington provided his projected lineup/batting order for the 2014 season, according to ESPN.

Washington has penciled left fielder Shin-Soo Choo into the leadoff spot. He will be followed by shortstop Elvis Andrus, first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Adrian Beltre, right fielder Alex Rios, DH Mitch Moreland, catcher Geovany Soto, second baseman Jurickson Profar and center fielder Leonys Martin.


Rangers, Mitch Moreland agree to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.65 million, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Moreland hit .232/.299/.437 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI in 462 at-bats last season while making 146 appearances at first base. His role is in flux, however, after the Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder earlier this offseason. This was the first time Moreland was eligible for arbitration.


Pirates could look to trade for first baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) There is mutual interest between the Pirates and free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to The Boston Globe. But while the Pirates would like to add Morales for the right contract, they could still pursue a first baseman via a trade.

The trade options could include Mets first baseman Ike Davis, Adam Lind of the Blue Jays, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak of the Mariners, and the Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.


Mitch Moreland expected to lead rotation at DH for Rangers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the expectation for the team's DH role will be Mitch Moreland and a rotation of players, according to ESPN. Moreland was bumped from his role as primary first baseman after the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from Detroit.

Mitch Moreland preparing for 'anything and everything'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With it looking very likely the Rangers will hold onto Mitch Moreland, the four-year veteran is preparing for a new role now that Prince Fielder has taken over as the starting first baseman. Moreland will still see time at first base, but he's also expected to see playing time in the outfield and DH.

"I’m just going to try to go out and prepare for anything and everything," Moreland said, per ESPN. "I’ll work at those spots when they tell me at spring training and prepare myself as best I can and be ready for the season."

Moreland is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2013 season. After batting .266 with a .487 slugging percentage, .806 OPS, 13 home runs, 19 doubles and 37 RBI in 80 first-half games, Moreland slumped to a .183 average, .366 slugging percentage, .639 OPS, five doubles, 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 67 second-half games.

"I struggled a little bit in the second half, but that’s part of the game," he said. "It’s going to happen. I’m going to try to learn from it and try to get better from it."


Pirates sizing up first base candidates


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) ESPN.com reports that the Pirates are targeting free agent James Loney as their preferred choice to replace departed Justin Morneau as their starting first baseman.

The Pirates have also looked into trades for the Blue Jays' Adam Lind and the Rangers' Mitch Moreland.


Rangers leaning toward keeping Mitch Moreland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland may remain with the club, according to FoxSports.com.

Moreland's playing time came into question after the team acquired Prince Fielder. There's a sense the club will use him as a possible 1B/DH/OF against right-handed pitching. Moreland hit .232/.299/.437 in 462 at-bats. 


Mitch Moreland goes deep for Texas


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland got into the act Wednesday afternoon from Safeco Field as Texas blasted Felix Hernandez and the Mariners' pitching staff.

Moreland homered in the seventh inning well after Hernandez had left. He took Brandon Maurer deep for a solo shot, his 20th of the season. Moreland finished the game 2 for 5 with three strikeouts and two runs scored. He's batting .246 on the season.

The 27-year-old had his first multi-hit game in a while Wednesday, but does have three homers over his last six games with five RBI over that stretch. Moreland has driven in 55 runs total on the year.

Mitch Moreland hits 19th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit his 19th home run Monday against the Mariners.

Moreland took a fastball from pitcher Yoervis Medina out to right center for the solo shot. He finished the game 1 for 4. Moreland is hitting .244/.305/.458 in 369 at-bats. 


Mitch Moreland belts 17th home run


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had a solid game in a losing effort Tuesday night against Milwaukee. Moreland hit his 17th home run. 

Moreland finished the game 2 for 2 as his homer was a solo shot in the third inning. He's batting .249 on the season. 

The 27-year-old slugger recorded his first hits since Aug. 7 as he was 0 for 5 in the four games prior to Tuesday. 


Mitch Moreland not starting again Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is not in the team's starting lineup Monday against the Astros. 

Moreland was also not in the lineup Sunday. With the team facing two straight lefties, Moreland will sit in favor of John Baker. He's hitting .245/.306/.448 in 339 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland reaches three times


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland reached base three times Wednesday against the Angels.

Moreland picked up two singles and a walk, finishing the game 2 for 4. Moreland scored one run and drove in two. He's hitting .248/.305/.454 in 335 at-bats. 


Mitch Moreland sitting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday.

Moreland has started 11 straight games, and could use a day of rest. He'll be replaced by Jeff Baker. Moreland is hitting .239/.294/.442 in 310 at-bats. 


Mitch Moreland not having good stretch since DL activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland's two-out double to right-center Sunday against the Tigers broke up Justin Verlander's bid for his third career no-hitter. It also extended Moreland's hitting streak to a modest four games.

Moreland had a strong finish to the Tigers series. He homered Saturday and hit safely in all three games. Though, Moreland is still having a rough July. He is batting .250 (10 for 40) with one home run, two doubles and five RBI in 13 games (11 starts).

Moreland has been on the decline since coming off the disabled list in late June. Since returning from a hamstring injury, Moreland is batting .205 (15 for 73) with one home run, three doubles and eight RBI in 22 games (20 starts).


Mitch Moreland looks good in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland made an impact in his return from the disabled list Friday, in a 6-4 win over the Cardinals.

Moreland drove in one run on an RBI double in the second inning, a ground-ruled shot that opened the scored. He would later score, finishing the game 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Moreland is hitting .287 with an .896 OPS, after missing a little more than two weeks with a hamstring injury.


Mitch Moreland returns to the lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was back in the starting lineup Friday against the Cardinals, his first appearance in a game since suffering a hamstring injury June 5.

Moreland batted sixth and played first base in the game.  


Mitch Moreland returns to lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup Friday.

Moreland was activated earlier in the day and will take on Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons. It's Moreland's first game since June 5. He was sidelined with a strained hamstring. Moreland is hitting .288/.338/.561 in 198 at-bats.


Rangers activate Mitch Moreland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) As expected, the Rangers have activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list.

Moreland was eligible to return Friday, and Lindblom was sent down to make room for the first baseman. Moreland was hitting .288/.338/.561 in 198 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland returning Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) The Rangers are expected to activate first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list Friday, after optioning starting pitcher Josh Lindblom to Triple-A.

Moreland has been playing in minor-league rehab games for Double-A Frisco recently, and worked out with the team Thursday. He has been sidelined with a strained hamstring since June 5.